posted on Dec, 26 2018 @ 07:25 PM
Last month my gas light came on and I drove less than 3 miles to the station to fill up. Over the last 10 years I've never pumped more than 12.65
gallons into this tank and when the light comes on I can almost always guarantee that it will take 11.7-8 gallons if I get to the pump w/n 5 miles or
so. I once got to the station on fumes (about 30-35 miles after light came on) and that was the largest fill I had in the car at 12.65 gallons, which
I thought was odd b/c I have a 12.2 gallon tank.
So this time I filled up over Thanksgiving weekend and the pump said it pumped 13.66 gallons which is almost 1.5 gallons more than it should hold and
almost 2 gallons more than what I expected from 10 years of filling the car up (when I get to the station minutes after the light comes on).
I didn't want to say anything to the owner b/c I know him and I wanted to make sure I knew what the car would hold but I know from experience what to
So today I find out that the owner just bought another gas station across the street after owning his first one for about 5 years (immigrated from
Asia/India) and I found it kind of odd b/c the station he owns is probably the least busy station in town, by far, so I didn't expect him to be doing
so well. The other stations have 2 - 6x the pumps he has, stores 3-4x larger, in-store food prep, coffee, better locations, longer hours (open 20-56
hours more per week), and lower prices on gas and in-store items - so I'm wondering how he managed to buy another station with all that against him.
When I calculated the difference in price from what I expected (11.7 gallons) I ended up paying an extra 15% on my gas which really adds up when you
have 4 10,000 gallon tanks and if he is making that much money on his pumps over-charging (by under-serving 15% per gallon), then that kind of
scam/skim adds up really quickly and would make the purchase of a new station much easier.
Has anyone else run into stations that do something like this, short-serve on pumped gas? I know they are supposed to be tested but that is only done
every 2 years here and IDK what the fines are, if they are low, then it is still worth it if they are making a killing at 15% extra profit. Also how
do you prove that this is being done? I could weigh a gallon of gas but when it is an unknown mix of ethanol and gasoline, then it is more difficult
to determine the proper weight the gallon should weigh.